BARGAIN BASEMENT: Tickets for the Iowa-Purdue game were selling for as low as a quarter on StubHub earlier in the week. You could still buy an end zone ticket for as low as 88 cents 30 minutes before kickoff. Saturday’s announced crowd in Ross-Ade Stadium, capacity 62,500, was a season-low 41,038. The previous low was 47,203 against Nebraska. “If they’re selling tickets for 25 cents, I don’t think we need a police escort,” Iowa radio analyst Ed Podolak said as he boarded the team bus for the ride to the stadium Saturday morning.
SECOND-HALF RELIEF: Iowa had been outscored in the third quarter of Big Ten games this season, 48-13, and in the fourth quarter, 33-3, in the first five league games. So the Hawkeyes’ 14-7 halftime lead was a bit precarious. But Iowa outscored the Boilermakers in the second half, 24-7. “To me, it’s a matter of where your mind is at,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It’s all about executing and playing well. It’s not like we did any second-half drills or took any Kool-Aid pills in the locker room. It’s just a matter of going out and playing better.”
BYE-WEEK BONUS: Iowa’s second bye week of the season has arrived, and Ferentz said it comes at a good time. “Just the way recruiting has gotten right now,” Ferentz said of the benefits. “It gives us a little better chance, maybe, to get some things done without taking away from your football team. We’ll do a little more of that than (recruiting) than we did the last bye week.”
INJURY REPORT: Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and cornerback B.J. Lowery were knocked out of the game Saturday, but early medical reports were positive. “Based on what I know right now, all the guys that came out could play on Saturday if we were playing,” Ferentz said. “But we’re not, so that’s even better. It will give those guys a chance to bounce back.”
CLOSELY CROPPED: Iowa running back Mark Weisman got a buzz cut for Saturday’s game. It has no special significance. “I did it a couple of days ago,” Weisman said. “A little change. I’m losing my hair a little bit. So it looks better like this.”